Weekend Event Guide: Rock Creek explorations, Cross Nats training race, OMTM social, and more

Vernonia Overnighter

Discover the network of paved paths on the west side during Puddlecycles’s Rock Creek Ride on Saturday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Without further adieu, here’s our selection of rides to consider this weekend…

Saturday, January 6th

Sorella Forte Women’s Club Ride – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at River City Bicycles
Stay fit and motivated and have fun while doing it with the excellent women of the Sorella Forte team. Expect a ride of 15-17 mph average and please think of others and make sure your bike has full fenders and mudflaps (in the event of wet roads). More info here.

Rock Creek Ride – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at MAX-Quatama & NW 205 Ave
Join Puddlecycle for an exploration of the West Side. Hop on the MAX to get there and pedal an 11-mile loop that’s almost entirely on paved, multi-use paths. More info here.

Kimmy Cross – 12:00 pm at The Beermongers
The 3rd annual memorial ride dedicated to Kim Matheson, founding member of The Beermongers Cycle Club. Proceeds from this fun urban alleycat ($10 suggested donation) will be given to the Melanoma International Foundation.
Friends. More info here.

BikeLoud January Meeting – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Sinnots Lil Cooperstown (NE 57th and Halsey)
Get plugged into bike activism with Portland’s only advocacy group dedicated to local project advocacy. The agenda includes prep for an upcoming open house on the SW Naito project, Vision Zero actions, and more. More info here.


Sunday, January 7th

The Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ovation Coffee & Tea
The winter weather cannot not stop Portland’s largest weekly training ride. If you want to get faster on your bike, this is the ride to show up for. More info here.

Sunday Morning No-Drop Road Ride – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Western Bikeworks
If you want something a bit more tame than the Shootout, but still guaranteed to be a good workout, meet up at Western Bikeworks for their weekly training ride. Expect two hours in the saddle and free Stumptown coffee before the ride. More info here.

Pre-CX Nats Training Race – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Liepold Farms
Cross is not over! For many local racers there’s one big even left: National Championships in Reno. To help them stay sharp (and for an excuse to race again), Sellwood and Team S&M are hosting one final race. There will be a 40-minute training race and a 50-60-minute traditional race. More info here.

OMTM Pre-Season Social: Let’s Totally Be Friends Happy Hour – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 21st Avenue Bicycles
If you love adventure riding and are not familiar with Our Mother the Mountain (OMTM), you are missing out on one of the coolest things in our local bike culture. For several years now they’ve hosted a series of unsanctioned yet nicely curated rides in oft-forgotten — and usually unpaved — backroads. Before this season kicks off they’re having a mixer to put online names with faces. More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments. And have a great weekend!

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6 years ago
6 years ago

The Rock Creek Trails are marvelous. I’ve ridden some of them quite a number of times. Long stretches of quiet, fragrant trail, though paved, surrounded by luxuriant natural growth. Excellent range of long wooden bridges and some boardwalks too.

The major issue to be aware of in using these trails for riding, is that fast travel on them, anything much beyond twice walking speed, or about 7mph is hazardous, what with all the people walking, some with their dogs. And then there’s the fact that the wood decking when wet can get very slippery. Some trail sections are steep, though not too long, twisty downhill and uphill. Overall, an amazing natural recreation resource right in the midst of the suburbs.

Benn Schonman
6 years ago

The Portland Wheelmen (pwtc.com) have an variety of intown rides this weekend…perfect for a cold, damp day. Food stops, of course, included!